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Trump trial live: Michael Cohen cross-examination to resume in hush money case after lawyers attack testimony

Donald Trump’s hush money trial will resume on Thursday in Judge Juan Merchan’s Manhattan courtroom, with the defendant’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen returning to the witness stand for further cross-examination by the defence.

During his previous appearance on Tuesday, Cohen was challenged about his evolving attitudes toward his ex-boss, a series of colourful insults dished out on podcasts and social media and the idea that he has profited from publicly attacking the former president through merchandise sales.

The witness remained calm and steadfast during his testimony, also walking the jury through the strategy allegedly employed by Mr Trump’s inner circle to delay making the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to buy her silence about the sexual encounter she claims he had with the politician in July 2006.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden capitalised on Wednesday’s recess day for the trial to challenge his predeccessor to a pair of presidential debates, declaring: “Make my day, pal.”

Mr Trump readily agreed, responding: “Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!”, and the debates are now scheduled for 27 June on CNN and 10 September on ABC.

Alex Woodward and Kelly Rissman are covering the trial from Manhattan Criminal Court.

The president is beginning to ramp up his attacks on Trump, referring to him as “that loser” during a gala in DC this week and going on to slam his record on Covid-19 and public spending.

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